Pittsfield Township — Ann Arbor and DTE Energy Co. are making plans for a large solar farm at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.
The Ann Arbor News reports that city officials this week announced details of the roughly 10-acre, 1-megawatt solar farm that could be expanded in the future.
The city-owned airport is located in Washtenaw County’s Pittsfield Township, just south of the Ann Arbor city limits. Mayor Christopher Taylor says “Ann Arbor very much wants to take action on renewable energy” and it’s “a great step forward for us.”
DTE spokesman Scott Simons says the solar array would be a continuation of the utility’s Solar Currents program and would help Detroit-based DTE meet the state’s renewable energy standards. Simons says most of its renewable energy is coming from wind power.
Simons says power would go directly to the grid and would produce enough energy to power about 150 homes.
Matt Naud, the city’s environmental coordinator, says many details are still being worked out on the plans before they move forward. The project needs approval from City Council, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Naud says the project also would need to go through Pittsfield Township’s site plan approval process. He says DTE would pay for the installation and pay the city for use of the land. Ann Arbor currently allows for some farming activities to occur on the land.
Naud says the project would go a “long way to meeting our renewable energy goals for the city.”